2017 was an interesting year for Cyber Security. Ransomware, fake news and the possibility of elections being interfered with were some of the big stories. So what does 2018 hold in store? From having a look around, 2018 could be just as interesting a year in the world of Cyber Security.
With elections due in the United States (House of Representatives and Senate) and also the Russian Presidential Elections scheduled for 2018, will there be more speculation of foreign states interfering in these elections?
Talking of Nation States, perhaps 2018 will see the first large scale attack on a Nation’s infrastructure. There have long been suspicions of Nation States being involved in Cyber activity, Stuxnet for example, and also the rumors that North Korea has been involved in various different Cyber-attacks. Russia have even been accused of turning the lights out on the Ukraine. Perhaps this is the year that we see something similar hitting a country in the west.
One thing that is for certain is that Ransomware isn’t going to go away. Criminals are still making money from this type of attack and it doesn’t look like it is going to stop anytime soon. 2017 saw some large scale Ransomware attacks in the form of Wannacry and Petya/Not Petya. Perhaps in 2018 we will see attackers targeting some of the smaller Cloud Service providers. The big players such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft, have a lot of protections in place to mitigate this type of attack but perhaps one of the smaller providers may well be targeted.
May 2018 also sees GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) come in to full force. The regulators will be keen to show how effective these regulations can be and it is likely that the first large corporation to fall foul of the new regulations will be fined heavily.
The Internet of Things keeps growing at a rapid pace. Almost anything you buy these days seems to have internet connectivity, from light bulbs to toothbrushes. It has been said many times that often the security of these devices is poor at best and non-existent at worst. We have already seen a bot net of IoT devices launch a large scale Denial of Service attack in 2016, the perpetrators of which pleaded guilty in December 2017. This year could see more similar attacks or even some more attacks aimed at specific devices, such as automated vehicles or Drones.
One thing is for sure, 2018 is shaping up to be a very interesting year.
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Written on 10 January 2018